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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Mar 11, 2013 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

These guys are pretty talented. The lead singer's voice is phenomenal. This first vid showcases her abilities quite nicely. Gives me goosebumps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HxNtWEIKhQ

Here's some other goodies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EctynXELdvM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=812p8VsurAA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keDbUJPWWHQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JI-ZcvoYPI

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 11, 2013 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

I guess 'amazing' and 'phenomenal' are set in different places on our gauges. These guys are just mundane. They don't deliver a lot in the way of originality or talent - there's no verve to the playing, and the vocals are more strident than soulful and become plain irritating after a minute or so. They might make a half-decent bar band but for me they're basically disposable.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 11, 2013 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

we live in a culture that is subjected to the "over-awesomeness" of everything...awesome ceases to be awesome, now awesome simply means "arguably better than decent"

as far as the Alabama Shakes, her voice is interesting, I thought it was a guy at first, the guitar work is competent, their sound is basic and early 70s grass roots folk rock retro...

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 11, 2013 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

Same, I thought it was a guy singing till I looked them up ahead of the debut album, which I bought. A year later, I still like it and put it on sometimes. I first heard them on David Byrnes website, then on NPR streaming performances from South X Soutwest last year.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Mar 13, 2013 3:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Hey Rob(TWS), Jackie(H), Diamond(H) + Other Shakes Haters...



http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luylztReVO1r5xmu1o1_400.jpg


Hehe, only kidding. However, the adjectives I used to describe the band and then the vocalist are not interchangeable. I referred to the music simply as “good,” and the band as “pretty talented.” I was mostly trying to highlight the abilities of the vocalist, whom I referred to as “amazing” and “phenomenal.” And I stand by those words. Maybe she's not your style, but other than Susan Tedeschi, I don't know of any recent vocalists whose voice rubs me the same way. So.... who rubs you guys the right way? Any suggestions?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 13, 2013 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Rob(TWS), Jackie(H), Diamond(H) + Other Shakes Haters...

I find Brittany Howard's vocal stylings irritating and unlistenable - I don't hate her or her band, I'd just prefer not to have to hear them sing and play.

So, what, you ask, am I listening to? A fair bit of jazz these days: Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and so forth, and a good lot of classical music too. More recent things I've been enjoying include:
Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio - Across the Great Divide
The Gaddabouts - Look Out Now
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West - Our Lady of the Tall Trees
Heartless Bastards - Arrow (I'll take Erika Wennerstrom over Brittany Howard every time, thank you very much)
Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
Joe Pug - The Great Despiser (I think Joe's one of the best songwriters around right now)
Keller Williams and the Travellin' McCourys - Pick
The Mermen - Do You Hear What I Hear (a great Christmas album that might just supplant Rudi and the Surf Kings Do Christmas as my all time favourite)
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
and Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom - I loved it, I really did, it made me feel happy.

So, enough to be going on with or should I mention Richard Hawley, Rumer, Stew and the Negro Problem and the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band? I guess I'm just a music junkie after all.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Mar 14, 2013 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Wes

Wes Montgomery is always a fine choice. I went on a Wes binge not too long ago actually. I was surprised by how much good YouTubage there is of him. If you haven't seen this yet, it's worth the half hour investment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krE3s3XY1P0

And here is one of my favorite tunes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXqSKh6HL7M

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2013-03-14 17:21:59

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 14, 2013 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wes

Thanks for the Wes link - I'll bookmark that for later this evening.

I forgot to answer your question in the Douglas Adams thread about my favourite interviewee. It was the actor Richard Briers - I don't know how well known he was in your part of the world but he was something of a national treasure here. A really lovely guy who was very easy to get along with - I was saddened when I heard he had died last month.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Mar 14, 2013 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wes

That Wes vid is a nice laid back session, where he stops at a few points to work out the tunes with the other players. When they get playing, it really gels though. love the relaxed, unstructured feel of the whole thing. Poke around a bit and you'll find a decent amount of good old footage and music.

I first became familiar with Richard Briers in high school actually. In a literature class, we watched the films Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing after reading each book. I was one of maybe 4 people in the class who actually enjoyed those books and films. I also know him from the Frankenstein movie (w/ DeNiro of course), but otherwise I'm not too familiar with his other work.

edit: Here's another Wes vid I forgot to link. You'll want to bookmark this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ3yITi0Lh0

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2013-03-14 18:09:12

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 13, 2013 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Rob(TWS), Jackie(H), Diamond(H) + Other Shakes Haters...

Reverend Peyton - the epitome of southern Indiana redneck resonator guitar.

And how awesome is a name like "Washboard Breezy" for Mrs. Peyton?

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Mar 13, 2013 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Rob(TWS), Jackie(H), Diamond(H) + Other Shakes Haters...

I've seen Richard Hawley live twice. Both times were really great shows.

I like Rumer too. She has an amazing voice.

Have you heard any Imelda May ?
I'm listening to her more having heard the version of 'Lilac Wine' that she did with Jeff Beck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x57WXNPpJQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhogVvwbwkw

This post was modified by Jacky Hughes on 2013-03-13 20:40:42

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 13, 2013 3:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Rob(TWS), Jackie(H), Diamond(H) + Other Shakes Haters...

Yes - Imelda May is really good, she's a very vivacious performer. I think I first heard her on Later... I have a bootleg of a Les Paul inspired rock'n'roll show she did with Jeff Beck that I like a lot.

Rumer's voice reminds me a lot of Karen Carpenter - which is no bad thing. Have you seen the Live from Daryl's House episode she did? The harmonies on Sara Smile are spine tingling.

http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/currentep.html?ep_id=72

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Mar 14, 2013 1:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Rob(TWS), Jackie(H), Diamond(H) + Other Shakes Haters...

Great version of 'No Can Do' !

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Mar 13, 2013 3:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not a Shakes Hater...

I don't 'hate' them. I said they were OK. They are certainly much better than a lot of the dross on offer today.

What I've heard of Susan Tedeschi, I have liked. I would like to hear more of her.

The albums I felt strongly enough about to actually go and buy last year were:

J.D. McPherson - Signs and Signifiers
Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
Jeff Beck - Emotion and Commotion (not that new)
Jon Cleary - Occapella

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 13, 2013 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not a Shakes Hater...

>What I've heard of Susan Tedeschi, I have liked. I would like to hear more of her.

Why yes, of course, (this one is better) http://snack.to/tuki683C


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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Mar 13, 2013 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not a Shakes Hater...

Thanks for that, very nice.

That particular track reminds me a lot of Little Feat.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 13, 2013 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not a Shakes Hater...

The first song?

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Mar 13, 2013 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not a Shakes Hater...

Yes; 'Come See About Me'.

I didn't realise there were others hiding behind it. What an idiot I am.

I'll check the others out.

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Mar 12, 2013 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

I tend to agree with Wordsmith.
They are OK rather than amazing. They are certainly very derivative; they remind me a little of Creedence Clearwater Revival guitar wise, which is no bad thing.

Just to hijack your thread a little, I liked and bought the J.D. McPherson album 'Signs and Signifiers', which is very derivative (to the point of being recorded the old fashioned analogue way); it's just out and out rockabilly.

There is a free (as in beer) track download here:

http://www.jdmcpherson.com/

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 12, 2013 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

What goes around, comes around. I've listened and watched them on tv and find them to be pretty derivative. No great shakes in my book. I'd rather listen to the stuff they're influenced by.

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Poster: serious the dog Date: Mar 12, 2013 2:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

I've been gratified by the band's obvious reverence for their influences - Otis, The Staples, Stax/Volt, the gospel stuff - much like the North Mississippi Allstars, they're true children of the Delta country. Listen to the band on some of their extended instrumental themes - they really know how to churn and build some heat, then drop it down to a whisper, dynamic control that really gives her vocals some drama. They work really hard - thing is, where do they take that from here? I think their hearts're in the right place and wish 'em all the luck.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 12, 2013 4:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

I have no argument with your viewpoint at all. But I'm old with a fairly large musical history and collection. They just don't impress me enough to break into my regular listening. I'd much rather listen to their influences. Another example in the recent past for me was the Black Keys. They seemed to be the rock saviors for 2012 so I gave them a shot (live and record) and what I got was like why bother?

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 13, 2013 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

Well put as usual.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 11, 2013 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

45 shows already here. The archive is awesome!

http://archive.org/details/AlabamaShakes

Bluedevil posted about them a little while back. I had purchased their debut album which was very good. Brittany can sure belt it out.

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Poster: Stealz Date: Mar 11, 2013 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

I dig them as well. I wasn't aware they were being archived here. Thanks Larry.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 11, 2013 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

Wow, haven't seen you 'round these parts in years! Welcome back!

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Poster: craven714 Date: Mar 11, 2013 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good New Music - Alabama Shakes (AMAZING vocalist!)

Sounds like Janis Joplin is alive and and and living in
that womans pancreas, spleen, appendix, or gallblatter. Only after an autopsy will we know.